New York Fashion Week finds a new home

New York Fashion Week is about to get even crazier.

Four months after the event was displaced from Lincoln Center, its home for the past five years, IMG announced on Monday that the affair will move to two separate locations further downtown come September. Tweet this

The spaces are Skylight at Moynihan Station, a historic post office in midtown Manhattan, and Skylight Clarkson Sq, in SoHo. The Moynihan Station outpost has two spaces, one of which can accommodate about 1,000 guests, and the other which can fit up to 500. It also has a third floor that can host more exclusive events.

Clarkson Sq's two spaces fit up to 500 and 250 guests, respectively.

Models walk the runway at the Diesel Black Gold Spring 2015 Collection at Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 9, 2014 in New York City. New York Fashion Week will move downtown into two space: Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq. in September 2015.
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"We're looking forward to reintroducing the industry to a showcase of creative talent, style and innovation that made the New York runways famous," said Mark Shapiro, chief content officer at IMG. "Part of this showcase involves staying close to inspirational hubs for fashion, art and music, and we've found great new homes for that."

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In December, the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County ruled the event could not renew its contract at Lincoln Center, following arguments from the New York City Park Advocates. The nonprofit group contended that, by setting up the event in Damrosch Park—a green space in the Lincoln Center compound—it was taking away space from the public.

At that time, IMG released a statement saying that it had already been "actively looking for a new home for NYFW that gives our designers and partners the best possible environment to share their creative visions."

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The shows at Lincoln Center had been criticized by many as too commercial, as people with no connection to the event flocked to the venue in outrageous attire, in hopes of being photographed outside. Several big-name designers, including Tommy Hilfiger, did not show their designs at Lincoln Center.

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As a result, buyers and other fashion insiders spent the week shuttling around every corner of Manhattan.

Before Lincoln Center, New York Fashion Week was held at Bryant Park. It is expected to move to Hudson Yards, a multiuse project under development on Manhattan's West Side, when its "Culture Shed" is completed in 2018.

A report issued in February by U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress found that New York Fashion Week generates nearly $900 million each year.